The most important conference of the nanotechnology industry - the NRW Nano-Conference - will take place from 1st to 2nd December 2014. Guests from business, science and politics are welcome to participate an enriching and interdisciplinary dialogue about the opportunities, risks and potential of nanotechnology. The Conference is organized by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW and the Economic Development Agency.
The NRW Nano-Conference in Dortmund offers two days of technical presentations about current trends in nanotechnology by top speakers from companies and research institutes. Furthermore, companies will present their latest technology developments and products at the accompanying exhibition. The organizers expect round about 600 international participants.
This year the Conference offers a "Call for Presentations" for the first time. Interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, have the opportunity to present their projects and ideas at the event. Among national and international top-class speakers, the "Call for Presentations" will give interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, the chance to present their projects and ideas at the event.
The conference focuses on the topics New Materials, Health, Energy, Architecture & Constructions, Safety & Society, and Electronics.
1. New Materials / Session 1
New materials and optimized materials form the basis for two-thirds of all innovations. That ist why new materials have an enormous imortance to future markets and technological advancement. Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary technology which creates new impulses in the development of innovative materials and their applications, which are presented in the first session.
2. Health / Session 2
The demographic development also provides the health sector with new challenges. Innovative, nanotechnology-based approaches in regenerative medicine and in the diagnosis form the basis of future individual therapies. Nanotechnology in the field of pharmacy improved drug formulations and transport. Medical technology and medical products offer a wide range of nanotechnology optimized procedures to maintain and promote health.
3. Energy / Session 3
Efficiency in the use of energy, energy conversion, transmission and storage are crucial to help renewable energy sources in the long term breakthrough. But also the conventional energy supply benefits from numerous research approaches of nanotechnology. This and much more about nano energy will be the focus of the third session.
4. Architecture & Civil Engineering / Session 4
The applications of nanotechnology are very broad in the field of architecture and civil engineering. Building materials, insulation materials, finishes, building services and much more benefits enormously from developments of nanoscale materials and process technologies. Session 4 will show an updated overview of this issue.
5. Safety & Society / Session 5
Every new technology contains new challenges and environmental impacts. Risks and hazards must be analyzed and considered appropriate with socially relevant issues. The industrial use of nanomaterials requires an analysis of potential risks related to labor, consumer and environmental protection. For this reason, a number of projects in industry and universities are up to safe handling of nanotechnology. The results of these projects and ideas are presented in the fifth session.
6. Electronics / Session 6
Information and communication technologies are an important foundation of our society and for large parts of the industry. The continuing miniaturization of integrated circuits is still according to Moore's Law, however, the physical limits are foreseeable. New concepts of nanoelectronics need a little bit "more Moore", to open up unprecedented possibilities for entirely new system architectures as well as quantum information technology. In contrast, many products of organic electronics have already found their way into everyday life. Nanotechnology and its applications in electronics / optoelectronics will be the theme of this sixth session.